Natural Cures for Bad Breath and Halitosis

| Modified on Jun 16, 2022
Borax
Posted by Happy (Iowa) on 10/22/2017
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The borax mix treatment:

I had pain in my knees and fingers. I started using this mix and its only been one week and my knees don't ache going up the stairs. I will continue for a while longer. My daughter had a foul breath and the second day after taking the mix she has no bad breath.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by chi (austin texas ) on 04/13/2022

I'm researching for my teenage daughter who grew up with leaky gut. Thank you for all this insightful information! What is this smoothie recipe?
I'm going to try this tooth regime for my gums!


Hydrogen Peroxide + Salt in Neti Pot
Posted by Michael R (Edwardsville) on 04/05/2022
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My BAD breath was not from the mouth but from the Nasal area. I suffered from very bad breath and the typical mouth-teeth treatment did not work.

I used a Neti Pot with Salt Water and a "small dash" of Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of a sinus infection. A few weeks later my wife noticed my breath was OK. Thank God...

Important: use canning/pickling salt (no additives & cheap)


Clove Oil
Posted by Maria (New York, NY) on 09/19/2021
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Halitosis

Cure: clove oil.

EC: Can you please provide more info, ie dosage, and instructions? Thanks.


MMS
Posted by Paul K (Meridian, MS) on 10/30/2020
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Read about MMS to knock out halitosis.


Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Anonymous Writer (New York, Ny) on 06/18/2020
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I would definitely recommend diatomaceous earth. It totally solved this issue that I had struggled with for years. I started in October 2018 and took it for six months until the whole bag was finished. I haven't had a problem since and from the first time I took it, my therapist, who would often mention the problem to me, told me he smelled nothing.


General Feedback
Posted by Cindy (Elmont ) on 12/01/2018

Wow I have the same problem for 8 years now. But have you tried a candida cleanse or a colon cleanse, and tried drinking kombucha for months at least 3 months of cleanse and kombucha and trying to kill bad bacteria. I read about a woman who had this and she cured it with drinking kombucha (home made which is what I am doing ) for months also drinking apple cider vinegar before eating meals. Family members that's close to you always say they don't smell anything but co workers and friends smells it but acts funny.


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Enrique (Boston, Ma) on 11/11/2018
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I've had chronic halitosis my entire life. As the writer above Ive tried everything: I've taken Dr Katz stuff, taken probiotics orally, tried probiotic lozenges with Blis K12, Ted's alkalizing rmedies, etc. I brush regularly twice a day, even did flossing and the same thing would happen. It would work in the beginning but then the bad breath would return within a few days. I also had a light whitish coating on my tongue that would not go away. I tried tongue scraping, and I made tongue brushing a part of my routine but that also didn't help.

One this I noticed was hat when I took a course of antibiotics, for unrelated issues, the bad breath would go away and my tongue would be clean and pink. That was a clue that the problem was bacterial. The one routine that worked very well for me was brushing my teeth with a natural toothpaste, then putting some sea salt on the brush and brushing my tongue and then using diluted hydrogen peroxide (HP) as mouthwash and for gargling. That finally worked, but GSE has worked even better.

I stumbled upon GSE totally by accident. My mom was taking a course of three natural antibiotics. GSE, Caprylic Acid and Berberine Plus. I don't know why I started to take them also and one day I noticed my afternoon bad breath was gone. I then went and purchased liquid GSE to take internally, but I hated the bitter taste. As an afterthought I decided to brush my teeth and tongue with it. I was amazed at how well it worked.

My routine now consists of brushing my teeth and tongue with natural toothpaste (I use Jason pharmaceuticals) and then using four drops of liquid GSE diluted with a little water as mouthwash. Its been four months now and I can't recomend it enough. Doing this twice a day I have no morning breath and no bad breath throughout the day. I do notice at times in the afternoon it returns a bit if I don't brush after lunch.


Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Enrique (Boston, Ma) on 11/11/2018
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I've had chronic halitosis my entire life. As the writer above I've tried everything: I've taken Dr Katz stuff, taken probiotics orally, tried probiotic lozenges with Blis K12, Ted's alkalizing rmedies, etc. I brush regularly twice a day, even did flossing and the same thing would happen. It would work in the beginning but then the bad breath would return within a few days. I also had a light whitish coating on my tongue that would not go away. I tried tongue scraping, and I made tongue brushing a part of my routine but that also didn't help.

One this I noticed was that when I took a course of antibiotics, for unrelated issues, the bad breath would go away and my tongue would be clean and pink. That was a clue that the problem was bacterial. The one routine that worked very well for me was brushing my teeth with a natural toothpaste, then putting some sea salt on the brush and brushing my tongue and then using diluted hydrogen peroxide (HP) as mouthwash and for gargling. That finally worked, but Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) has worked even better.

I stumbled upon GSE totally by accident. My mom was taking a course of three natural antibiotics. GSE, Caprylic Acid and Berberine Plus. I don't know why I started to take them also and one day I noticed my afternoon bad breath was gone. I then went and purchased liquid GSE to take internally, but I hated the bitter taste. As an afterthought I decided to brush my teeth and tongue with it. I was amazed at how well it worked.

My routine now consists of brushing my teeth and tongue with natural toothpaste and then using four drops of liquid GSE diluted with a little water as mouthwash. Its been four months now and I can't recomend it enough. Doing this twice a day I have no morning breath and no bad breath throughout the day. I do notice at times in the afternoon it returns a bit if I don't brush after lunch.


Chlorophyll
Posted by Shamara (Provo, Utah ) on 10/04/2018
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Everyone is mentioning liquid chlorophyll which the one I tried has too much of a strong taste. I take it in capsule form twice a day. There's two brands I've tried- Nullo (amazon) and Natures Way (health food store). At the health food store I just asked for an “internal deodorant”. It took a couple of days to kick in but YAY!!! It works!! Not only for bad breath but all body odor! No more smelly pits at all, bad breath gone, even poop and farts have no odor ((sorry tmi)). As far as the bad breath goes- yes it's not because bad oral hygiene. Love this stuff.

Also, after having a baby many moms are plagued with horrible BO — I seriously smelled like a skunk under my arms just a couple hours after showering:( soooooo relieved I can live a normal life now and not be embarrassed even in front of my husband.


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Bri (Louisiana) on 04/17/2018

You should not mix the Hydrogen Peroxide with water, use it straight! Also you should brush your tongue and teeth with it in your mouth. Rinse it out use toothpaste to brush again then use Peroxide as a gargle. That should work. If not I would use activated charcoal. It works miracles.


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Jay (Us) on 02/11/2018

I have struggled as well and done lots of research. Your situation could be yeast overgrowth. After antibiotics use white patches on tongue. Increased sinus congestion, bad breath. Also I'm gonna get checked for H pylori. Hope this helps. It is a terrible thing and you can't stop til you find the answer. We support you.


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 12/30/2017

Dear Mauri,

The only charcoal that should be used internally or topically is activated charcoal. It may be powdered or in capsules or tables.

The charcoal used for cooking usually contains other chemicals.

If charcoal didn't work for bad breath, perhaps try liquid chlorophyll?

~Mama to Many~


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Mauri (Australia) on 12/28/2017

Hi buddy, could you please articulate the matter of charcoal? Was it a food grade charcoal that you took? or just normal BBQ charcoal crushed and taken? I took pills of activated charcoal for my BB from saliva/digestive system enzyme I think which is persisting for 15 years or more but did not work. What is the difference between activated charcoal and normal charcoal? Is there any health risk to take that what you took u think?


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Beatrice (Nairobi ) on 11/30/2017
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Thank you for the testimonies posted on your site about charcoal curing bad breath. It worked for me & my daughter.
And the depression is over because of bad breath especially after taking in sweet things eg. Juice/ sweets or even food.

It's a miracle come true after many years of trying all manner of mouth wash.

I bought a tin of charcoal from the market, crushed a few pieces into powder then add a glass of water then sieved & drunk thrice A day for two days.

The bad breath emitting from my saliva & digestive system was over.
I thank God for you.

Let others know charcoal is an instant miracle for BB.

Indeed God has provided everything we need on earth ...Glory to God we are healed & will continue taking a glass per week.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Elise (Roanoke, Va) on 11/22/2017

Perhaps there are different varieties of charcoal for cooking. The only ones I know of are NOT suitable for internal use.

Charcoal used for medicine needs to be activated (purified.) I give activated charcoal to my children - 1 capsule a day with 6 ounces of water as needed.


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Beatrice (Nairobi) on 11/22/2017

Hi, How times did you use the normal charcoal for cooking to clear bad breath? Did it solve completely, as in your fresh breathe is back?
Please share will be glad. Can a child be given?


Acidophilus
Posted by Michelle (Dallas, Texas ) on 10/28/2017
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I have been SUFFERING with Bad Breath for years. My confidence leveled to 0 after friends, family & co-workers backed up from me or covered their nose. I ran across your website & bought the acidophilus 8 billion on yesterday and immediately I noticed the difference, even my tongue is pink and not white! I just can't believe something FINALLY worked for me!! Thank you so much for sharing!


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Nors (California) on 08/24/2017

I think carica manufactures them.


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 08/07/2017

Dear Priya,

Some people use activated charcoal daily for years. The two biggest concerns would be constipation (always take with plenty of water) and the removal of probiotics from the gut (not sure if this actually happens, but caution should be taken by eating yogurt or probiotic foods daily.)

The 1 teaspoon a day you have been giving sounds reasonable if it seems to suit him.

If the cause of bad breath is not addressed this will not be a permanent cure. If a poor diet is the cause, that would need to be addressed for the cure to be permanent.

One of my sons once had a chronic onion smell for no reason we could tell. I gave him bentonite clay internally for a while and it cleared it up and it did not return. I never knew the cause; it was not from eating onions. He was only 9 or so at the time.

I hope he listens well to you and that you both see results soon!

~Mama to Many~


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Priya (Oakland, Ca) on 08/06/2017

Hello,

I have started my son on Activated Charcoal 1 tsp - once a day. He is 21, overweight and has had a very poor diet for the longest time.

My questions:

  1. How many times a day should I give the A.charcoal?
  2. What dosage?
  3. How many days/weeks/months?
  4. Are there are any long term side effects that anyone has noticed?
  5. Is the cure from Bad breath permanent?

Thank you.


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Priya (Oakland, Ca) on 08/05/2017

Thank you for all the tips. I will certainly try and introduce as many as he will accept.


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Usa) on 08/04/2017

21 yr olds can be picky about what they will try . He might like some popcorn 1/4 cup popped in 1 TBSP coconut oil .Cold pressed is best, I buy large tub at costco, sprinkle sea salt on it and serve with some lemon water.

Activated charcoal would be used at bedtime 2-4 capsules with at least 16 ounces of water . Sleep like a baby. Vinegar is not tasty but you could use capful to cup of water with bit of honey drink through a straw, I"m having it for daily breakfast, YUCK. At bedtime brush teeth gently with small amount of baking soda, very gently...then make a paste of 1/4 tsp each of ~baking soda and coconut oil and apply to teeth and swallow whatever comes off but leave on overnight .

Small bowl of kefir 1/4 cup with a 1/4 cup of fruit to sweeten should reestablish his gut flora after using the charcoal at bedtime.

A bath with some epsom salt (magnesium ) might help him detox his body a bit . Even a foot soak with the salt would work. Loosens up the bowels and helps body with mineral balance.


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Priya (Oakland) on 08/03/2017

Hello, My son is 21 years old, overweight, and has had chronic bad breath for the past 5 years. He does not have a social life at all. I have tried everything other than the activated charcoal.

Can someone please advise on the dosage and frequency on how he should take the AC?


Zeolite
Posted by Matilda (Monteneegro) on 07/26/2017
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I cured bad breath that I had for 10 years by drinking zeolite clinoptilolite! I took 3 dosages of zeolite powder with water daily, for 4 months.

It also helped me to reduce high blood pressure.


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Tatiana (Annapolis) on 06/18/2017

Have you tried oil pulling?


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Mary (Staffordshire) on 04/27/2017
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Health shop sells black activated charcoal toothpaste in its own right. I used 1 tablet of activated charcoal daily but find that whenever I eat ice cream, sweet or even chew gum bad breath comes back. So I started to use 1 tablet of acidophilus 3billoin today.

I want to be able to eat any food without thinking of bad breath, I am hoping that both activated charcoal and acidophilus will work better.

Having said that activated charcoal have worked though but I just wanted a complete cure.


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Carry (Jackson, Tn) on 02/22/2017

Please provide all of the details such as how much you took, how did you make a toothpaste out of the Activated Charcoal etc. I just bought some a few days ago. Hopefully it works for me. 🤗


Activated Charcoal
Posted by Mary (Staffordshire) on 02/16/2017
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Thank you all for your candid contributions. I started using activated charcoal capsule once a day and brush with activated tooth paste once a day as well. I found that people are no longer rubbing their noses or moving backward when talking to them.

I have been living with halitosis for 15 years until 2017 when the above remedy worked for me. Previously I have spent thousands of pounds with private dentist, had tooth extractions etc.

Thank you all.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cyn (Tx) on 02/13/2017

Have you found anything that worked for you? Same issues.


Chlorophyll
Posted by Kd (Tennessee) on 02/13/2017
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I had bad breath for years 20 came across chlorophyll liquid. I gargle with it one tablespoon day and night. The best cure.


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Ernesto (Us) on 02/11/2017

I think that the antibiotics remedy for flu (which is a terrible idea by the way because the flu is a viral infection and antibiotics do nothing) killed your good gut bacteria and your digestion has been severely affected. I would recommend you try taking some probiotics like acidophilus as we'll a state digestive enzymes. These enzymes are plant based but you might also need animal based ones. I found quite by accident that eating pork regularly significantly improved my digestion.


Waterpik
Posted by Chris (Floral Park, Ny) on 12/21/2016
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Waterpik has solved my decade long problem. Even after flossing and swishing everything in my mouth my breath always was foul. I bought a waterpik recently and watched as bits and bits of rotting food came out. No more bad taste in my mouth and my breath is good. Thank God!


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 11/16/2016

Hello Mc,

About your breath issue. You mentioned in your description the coating on your throat. From that I deduce that you have found the problem; Thrush infection or virus infection. I've kept my throat free from infection by gargling every other day with colloidal silver. Also you might have a sinus infection (maybe low grade) that keeps feeding the problem. So, if me, I'd also learn how to do an irrigation. Earth Clinic has a video of me discussing colloidal silver and I discuss the importance of keeping the system clean of infections by using CS. You can access the video on the colloidal silver page of this site or by googling youtube earth clinic dave Thomas colloidal silver.


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn) on 11/15/2016

MC,,,,,,,,,, have you considered that your bad breathe may be coming from your stomach. If you think that is a possibility then you may want to try ozonated water. You may want to consider that you have H pylori . If that is the case then ozonated water will help address your problem.

======ORH=========


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Mc (Europe) on 11/15/2016

Thank you so much for your comment, CB! Actually, my problem began 3 years ago, after I moved to Europe. At that time, I caught a flu and wsa prescribed cortisone shot and azithromicin a day before moving. After this the nightmare began, perhaps 15 days after. I always had minor bad breath, but then it got out of control.

I went already to 4 different dentists, and I have no problem at all with my teeth and gums. Tried several toothpastes, with and without fluoride. Mouthwashes (List... being the one who makes my breath the worst after use). Floss, tongue cleaning. Professional cleaning. Nothing helped. I do have a whitish coat deep in my tongue, not so thick, though. And I feel that in this area and back of my throat (behind uvula and down) there´s more mucus, which keeps the bad taste. I also know that I don´t need to talk in order to people to notice the bad smell, just breathing is enough.

So I went to general doctor, who prescribed Nasonex, which didn´t work. Then I went to an ENT, who didn´t find anything wrong with nose, throat and tonsils. I recall to having used neti pot, but not so often, but the few times I used I saw no difference. Perhaps I should have persisted on it.

I went to a gastro a couple of months before it began, had an endoscopy and ultrasound, but there was nothing wrong. It was 3,5 years ago.

I have lactose intolerance, so eating dairy - which I don´t do often - causes a bad taste, but every food does the same. Perhaps exception for lettuce, which keeps my breath a bit less foul for longer.

I´m always trying new things, changes in diet, but the emotional toll is what is taking more of my energy. I´m always using probiotics, trying some supplements like Vitamin B, C, Zinc, but not in a regular basis.

I tried H2O2 before, which didn´t work, but I decided to give it a new try after reading the thread. For sure the mouth feels cleaner, and the difference is I felt my nose less stuffy, even though I just gargled. But I don´t know if it gave more room only to bad bacteria, so the bad smell in the following morning. My mouth was absolutely drier. I´ll try it again as suggested. Thank you!


Acidophilus
Posted by Lady Dawnie (Florida) on 11/14/2016

Thank you so much for your honest heartfelt comment. I am in your that same position with people rubbing their noses but no one cared about me enough to tell me honestly that my breath was bad. It would have spared me years of people talking about me. I will purchase this tomorrow.

Thank you and I am happy life is better for you.


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by CB (San Luis Obispo) on 11/14/2016

No, I wouldn't give up on the H2o2 remedy. But you might want to try a water pic device before you do the hydrogen peroxide gargle. You might have some kind of tooth or gum infection that is causing the bad breath and must treat that first. I've previously discovered an area in my upper gums that generate terrible smells when the water shoots through the area. If you use the water pic, don't add anything to the water so you can smell if anything is going on when the water hits it. If you use a mouthwash in the water pic, you will mask the smell of the infection. It's a great diagnostic tool in my opinion.

Other things to try are cleansing your sinuses using a neti pot with sea salt and a dash of hydrogen peroxide daily. I have also heard that infected gallbladders can cause bad breath. Good luck to you!


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Mc (Europe) on 11/14/2016
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I just tried hydrogen peroxide yesterday before sleeping for bad breath. 50% lukewarm water and 50% peroxide. I woke up with an even worse smell. If I weren´t sure of what it was like before, today I´m absolutely sure it smelled like feces. Did anybody here had a bad reaction at the beginning to get better later? Should I give it another try?

Baking Soda
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 11/14/2016

Mimi, besides reading up on Bad Breath right here on EC, google brushing teeth with Activated Charcoal.


Baking Soda
Posted by Art (California ) on 11/13/2016 1296 posts

Mimi (Stuttgart),

Since your dentist has likely eliminated a dental cause for the halitosis, it may be time to look at other areas that may be a factor.

Many mouth washes are too strong and can often be counter productive by killing off "good bacteria" in the mouth along with the bad.

Did you complete an antibiotic regimen about or prior to the time you first became aware of your halitosis?

Bad breath can be caused by sinus isuues such as a sinus infection/sunusitis or post nasal drip. If that is an issue, it needs to be dealt with first. There are grapeseed extract nasal sprays that have shown usefullness in helping control some of these bacterial issues.

Another common cause is an imbalanced gut biome. Probiotics in conjunction with prebiotics or quality kefir have shown some benefit in this area and can potentially have a positive effect on sinus issues along with the gut. As a last resort, the fecal transplants may be worth looking into. Do some reading about the relationship of acidophilus or probiotics and bad breath.

Since both of these potential causes are fairly common, it may be worth looking into them before delving deeper for other causes.

Art


Baking Soda
Posted by Mimi (Stuttgart) on 11/13/2016

After moving to a different country, I´ve been suffering with a horrible breath that plagued my life. I went to several dentists and doctors, and they seem clueless on what to do. Tried several mouthwashes and toothpastes, natural supplements, changes in diet. No relief. I remember I tried baking soda, but it became immediately worse, so I gave up. Perhaps I could try it for a longer time.


Magnesium, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Benice (Fct Abuja) on 10/21/2016
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Well I appreciation everyone here, I'm going to give magnesium and hydrogen peroxide a try right away I believe it will work anyway, so thanks to everyone in advance, I will come back with my testimony, lol..


H. Pylori Cause
Posted by Johmny (Greece) on 09/28/2016

I cant but to agree with you. I used to suffer badly from halitosis. I went on triple therapy since I had h.pylori and the bad breath juat vanished after the first day. Meanwhile I went to the dentist to clean up he asked me to floss for the tight teeth and to use the little brush that goes between the teeth in case where a space exiats between a tooth and another. Finally he gave me a gum strengthener to be used 3 times daily but my gum was healthy anyway but I have unaligned teeth which makes them more exposed to left overs getting stuck and the need for maintenance on daily basis besides brushing twice. I am on my second day of tiple therapy. Djangolad, please keep me updated or anyone on this forum who went through triple therapy...


H. Pylori Cause
Posted by Djangolad (Beirut) on 09/27/2016
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Hi all,

I want to share my experience with halitosis that has been with me since 6 years now. I wish I have stumbled to this forum a long time ago since I'm experiencing the exact similar symptoms. I read all about scraping the tongue, brushing teeth, flossing, hydrogen peroxide I never tried it but what I really know is that the problem lies within the stomach.

I went to a gastrointestinal specialist who prescribed me one pill of vermox for parasites treatment for one time in morning, followed by 2 pills of normix and 1 pill of flagyl each morning and evening for five days. At the time of taking the mediciations, my bad breath decreased enormously to null. After the treatment has finished, the bad breath came up again. It was really affecting my social life; when I wanted to talk to a person I keep a distance so he/she doesn't. Days went by and I started learning more when my bad breath is at its maximum, it is when my mouth is dry, almost all the time when I eat sugar or drink a cup of coffee, the dries after and the smell becomes even worse. Sometimes I feel liquid in my nose which I touch by my hand and it smelled. I don't know if you guys experienced this, but I didn't link it to the bad smell. Until one day 2 weeks ago I experienced a really unbearable stomachache at the top just below the chest bones.

I went to the family doctor who asked me to perform a breath test for H. pylori and take protective pills for my stomach &Gastropan. My breath test came out negative, went back to the doctor and he said it was all a stress and it will go by itself I just need to keep on taking the protective pills for as long as months. I wasn't really convinced with what he said although the pain has decreased in severity but I still had a burning sensation once I drink coffee or eat pepper to a level that I feel I was about to vomit, but didn't.

I went to another gastrointestinal specialist who asked my to do an endoscopy through the mouth and he performed a biopsy. Surprised that my tests showed a moderately active h pylori bacteria and he put me on the triple therapy for a month and half. I'm now on the second week, I asked him about the breath test he said he did not recommend breath test to anyone since it was just a waste of time and money. Lucky me, after one day from the triple therapy my bad breath has gone.

My nose doesn't drain anymore and my saliva's bad smell has disappeared. Now I know what causes the bad breath but I'm really scared that it might come back after I'm done with the therapy!

Anyone there that has finished the triple therapy and destroyed halitosis for good? please... Meanwhile, I will keep you updated.

H. Pylori Cause
Posted by Gerard (Beirut) on 09/27/2016

Hi, I was reading your post and I experienced the same exact symptoms of bad breath, and after testing positively for H pylori, I was put on a month and a half triple therapy, the second day my bad breath has diminished to null. but I'm scared it might come back, any update from your side? or anyone on this forum has gone throught the triple therapy while experiencing bad breath? I'm on my second week of therapy



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